Monday, August 21, 2006
I cannot deny the truth any longer. Winter is over. Normally brief, this year it seemed to barely touch us at all. I am feeling let down by it, I live for those chilly nights and cool, breezy days. The sunshine, so harsh and glaring in summer, seems comforting and gentle in the winter.
We don't really get a true spring. If we do, I guess it is this week, as all the flowers surviving in my parched garden are sending up buds and blooming merrily. It's a limited garden at the moment, petunias, sweet peas which still haven't bloomed, aloe vera, pawpaw (papaya) and lime trees and a knee high frangipani tree. I have to water by hand, not hose. Our water restrictions, harsh now, will be worse in the next couple of months if we don't get significant rain soon. The long range forecast says there is a 10% likelihood of that prayed for event occuring, so I don't like the odds. Soon we will be banned from watering outside at all. In these circumstances, as much as I long to plant a summer vegie garden, it does not seem prudent.
Instead I will pray for lots of summer storms. My poor sad lawn won't last much longer without.